4th Annual Open Studio Tour – 2019
The Red Deer Arts Council is thrilled to announce its fourth Open Studio Tour, June 22 and 23, 2019! This is a self-guided tour of artist studio spaces and free to the public.
Twenty-one visual artists in fifteen studios bring you this amazing experience. They will open the doors to their private art studios from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and welcome the public to see the process of creating fine art as each artist demonstrates their processes. From sculpted clay to sculpted metal, from paintings to silk, from jewellery to glass, the fascinating techniques and works of some of Red Deer and area’s most recognized artists will be on display for visitors.
This self-guided tour is free of charge. Visitors can download or print the tour brochure and a map to help find all the studios, and artist bios to read before arriving on scene. The artists will not only demonstrate the processes they use, but happily take questions about their media, style, technique or anything related to art. Artists love to answer questions about their art!
Please Note: some artists are open both days, others open either Saturday or Sunday only. The brochure is divided into each day and which artists are participating on that date. Additionally, Vivian, Emily & Naomi Williamson have had to withdraw from participation so their Sunday studio is no longer going to be open.
Each studio is also offering a door prize for visitors. Eligible to win one prize only. Must be 18 years or older. Winners will be notified by telephone and/or email.
The downloadable/printable brochure and map are available below!
Participating studios in the 2019 Open Studio Tour
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Marianne Harris PAINTWERX STUDIOS
95 Piper Drive, Red Deer, AB
www.MarianneHarrisArt.com 403-350-8106 (C)
Marianne’s home is a gallery FULL (200+on the walls) of water-based media artworks (watercolours, acrylics, mixed media) of every size, shape, & subject matter! Photo-inspired, to imagination-inspired, and everything in between will delight your eyes, with something for everyone’s taste in art!
Marianne will demonstrate watercolour make-and-take minis.
Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt KALLSTROM STUDIO
5750 41 Street Crescent, Red Deer, AB
For her abstract-realism paintings, Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt uses a combination of painting and drawing with watercolour, acrylic and ink. She draws inspiration from the Canadian landscape. She participates in art shows in Red Deer, Lacombe and Calgary.
Marlene will be working on paintings and art cards.
63 Oxley Close, Red Deer, AB
firstname.lastname@example.org www.robertamurray.ca 587-457-1201
Roberta Murray is a poetic impressionist painter. Working mostly in oils, Roberta seeks to create paintings that contain elements of light, atmosphere, and emotion reminiscent of the Soviet, Dutch, and British impressionists.
Roberta will be doing a painting in progress. Visitors can try mixing a colour and adding a few marks to the canvas.
Roberta is sharing her studio with Larry Reese
email@example.com 403-396-0970 (C)
Larry’s oil paintings are based on direct personal plein air experiences within a 150 kilometre radius from his front door in Half Moon Bay, Alberta. Whether outside or in the studio, Larry tries to replicate an emotional experience to the subject rather than a documentation of the scenery.
Larry will be demonstrating small oil painting landscape techniques.
Darcy Gusse Edinga SILK CONCEPTS
152 Allwright Close, Red Deer, AB
Darcy Gusse Edinga creates luxurious, vibrant hand-painted silk artwork, scarves, garments, banners, and prints. Most of her work is Canadian-inspired, with images of wildflowers, mountains, prairies, tundra, northern lights, wildlife, and cultural history.Her work is in galleries and gift shops across Canada.
Darcy will be demonstrating painting on silk.
Darcy is sharing her studio with Margriet Hogue
www.margriethogue.com firstname.lastname@example.org 403-347-3574
Margriet’s work is mixed media paintings in which she uses her own photos and makes her own papers.
Margriet will be demonstrating mono-printing and collage.
Margaret R. Hall HAPPY YAK FELT
48 Good Crescent, Red Deer, AB
Margaret Hall, fibre artist, enjoys creating whimsical andfunctional items to be worn or for the home. Working mostly in wool she enjoys exploring the sculpturalproperties of wool fibre and uses the natural world asher inspiration.
Margaret will demonstrate felting a hat from wool fibre and weaving and spinning.
Jeri Lynn Ing GALLERY IS STUDIO
5123 Alexander Way, Red Deer, AB
www.jerilynning.com 403-341-0340 (C)
Jeri Lynn Ing is a contemporary abstract painter living and working in Red Deer Alberta. Jeri Lynn has converted her former gallery space to become her studio, situated in historic downtown Red Deer. Jeri Lynn continues to develop and explore abstraction and light in her large contemporary paintings.
Jeri Lynn will be demonstrating acrylic painting and collage in different stages of development to better show the viewer her process.
Shirley Rimer WORKS IN CLAY
24 Springfield Ave, Red Deer, AB
email@example.com www.shirleyrimer.com 403-347-2634
Shirley has been working in clay for the past 40 years. Her work is both sculptural and functional and she will have a selection of works to view in both categories during the tour.
Shirley will demonstrate her throwing skills and answer any questions you might have.
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ART!
Tour the studios and enter for a chance to win a unique door prize created by one of the participating artists.You can only win once, but may enter at each studio to increase your chances of winning.
Leanne Keyes CHARMED BEADS
4723 56 Street, Red Deer, AB
www.charmedbeads.ca firstname.lastname@example.org 403-343-1841
As a kid, Leanne spent hours sorting through her mom’s button box, fascinated with the colours, shapes and designs. As an older kid, she’s thrilled to create a bowl of glass beads, her own “button box”. She is inspired by bright colours and simple, clean designs.
Leanne will be making Lampwork glass beads using a torch and kiln.
Trenton Thomas Leach & Holly Elliott ROGUE ART AND DESIGN
4026 50 Street (Ross), Red Deer, AB (Beside the Little Ice Cream Store, Back Alley Entrance)
rogueartanddesign.com email@example.com 403-755-1548
Trenton Leach and Holly Elliott design and create primarily one-of-a-kind sculpture, mosaics and interior/exterior design pieces for individuals, commercial and public enjoyment. Their mediums include metal, glass, fabric and photography, and they take inspiration from nature, music and travel.
Trent and Holly will be demonstrating stained glass.
Wendy Meeres. ART & LAMPWORK BEADS STUDIO
600 Lancaster Drive, Red Deer, AB https://www.facebook.com/WendyMeeresArt/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy expresses her creativity through two media: lampworking and painting. Her mixed media paintings use colour and composition to bring places and objects together, often including photographs from her travels. The Lampwork beads are bright and playful. She makes pendants, earrings and necklaces with her beads.
Wendy will be demonstrating glass bead-making.
Out of Town Saturday Only
Bobbie Seright Palanuik BOBBIE SERIGHT ART STUDIO
4837 50 Avenue, Bentley, AB (Directly across from The Kite Guys) info@BobbieSerightPalanuik.com www.BobbieSerightPalanuik.com
Bobbie Seright Palanuik is an Alberta visual artist, landscapephotographer and writer. Her artwork reflects and is inspiredby her passion for nature.
Bobbie will be demonstrating her work with pastels/oil.
Pat Matheson THE FARM STUDIO
Directions: Go 1.5 km west from the Highway 20 and Aspelund Rd intersection (6 km north of the Sylvan Lake Roundabout on Highway 20). At RR 1-4 turn right and go North 1.5 km. Watch for signs “The Farm” and (Site #) 39423.
Pat Matheson creates one-of-a-kind hand-built Raku-fired ceramic forms, bowls,boxes, and more in his studio, that at one time was his grandparent’s homestead.
Pat will be demonstrating the Raku-fire process which involves removing his pieces from a red hot kiln – lots of fire, smoke and fun!
Gordon Hiebert GORDON HIEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY
100 Pamely Ave, Red Deer, AB
gordonhiebert.com 403-877-1556 (C)
Gordon Hiebert is a unique panoramic landscape photographer, specializing in very wide angle views of the prairie sky, landscape, and heritage landmarks. He tends to follow dramatic weather, and photographs older buildings and vehicles in ways that give a sense of history.
Gordon will demonstrate detecting colour accurately in the landscape.
Vivian Williamson CALLIGRAPHIC ART WORKS STUDIO
Naomi Williamson- Artistic Inspirations
Emily Williamson – Emily’sExuberant Photography
34 Rutledge Crescent, Red Deer, AB email@example.com http://facebook.com/pg/ calligraphicartworksbyvivian 403-358-9020
Vivian Williamson creates mixed media artwork with calligraphy including batik, watercolor, chigiri-e (Japanese paper tearing) and alcohol inks and incorporates a variety of lettering styles with her artwork.
Vivian is joined by her two daughters, Naomi and Emily, in their family studio showcasing photography, drawing and Zentangle artwork.
Vivian will demonstrate decorated letters on watercolour paper and calligraphy on a watercolour background.
Suzanne Le Beau SPIRIT OF CLAY CERAMICS STUDIO
30 Manning Street, Red Deer, AB Studio is in the detached garage firstname.lastname@example.org 403-342-6344
Suzanne Le Beau is a local ceramic artist and graduate of RDC’s Visual Arts Program. Her original hand-built and carved ceramic work shows Oriental, modern and primitiveinfluences.
Suzanne will be demonstrating a hand built maple leaf bowl.
Sharing her studio with
Kristina Cryderman KRISTINA’S WHEY ART
Kristina creates detailed wire wrappedfigures and creatures with sea glass,shells and beads with individual whimsical personalities. Her love of the sea gives hercreations a seaside feeling, influenced byliving on both Hornby and Saturna Islands for many years.
Kristina will be demonstrating a wirewrapped dragonfly.
12–4:00pm SATURDAY, JUNE 22and 12–4:00pm SUNDAY, JUNE 23
For studio map and tour details, visit www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/news/events or call 403-348-2787
A permanent quest to find a better sounding, better playing guitar – meet Jason McGillivray, player and luthier
At Todayville, some of us have a guitar addiction. And so, when we can profile an Alberta guitar maker, we’re very happy to do so. Oh, we also like video and filmmaking, so this video by ilia Photo and Cinema of Calgary’s Jason McGillivray building a beautiful McGillivray “Parlour Guitar” is an added bonus. Learn about Jason’s journey from player and enthusiast to luthier.
“…Having played guitar since the early 80’s, I was on a permanent quest, as most musicians are, to find a better sounding, better playing, instrument than the one I had…”
By Jason McGillivray:
I am often asked “how did you get into guitar building?” For me, the appeal lies in the way lutherie combines art and science, drawing upon and exercising the left and right sides of the brain. Satisfaction is gained as the process unfolds and I combine and work down natural materials such as spruce or rosewood. The culmination is an heirloom-quality instrument that enhances the human experience of both player and listener and, as the instrument is passed on, for future generations.
Having played guitar since the early 80’s, I was on a permanent quest, as most musicians are, to find a better sounding, better playing, instrument than the one I had. Frequenting guitar shops whenever I could, I discovered factory offerings could only attain a certain level, and still maintain desired prices and production targets. I began to research guitar building, thinking in the future it would be something I’d like to pursue.
I spent ten years studying the craft, collecting tone wood, and acquiring tools, before actually building my first guitar. I learned that factory guitars and handmade guitars have fundamental differences. In the factory setting, guitar parts are mass produced in batches with speed and efficiency driving construction methods and design decisions. As the guitar moves down the line, the next piece is pulled from the bin and added to the assembly. All the components in the pile are of uniform dimensions; however wood is not a uniform material, even from the same tree. Each piece of wood needs to be evaluated and then worked to its optimum dimensions, based on its stiffness and density.
In the factory, randomly selecting components from the bin occasionally results in a combination of excellent parts, producing an exceptional guitar. This is why you can play ten factory guitars of the same model, made at the same time, and a few will excel, a few will underperform, and the rest will be average. A good hand builder, in a one-person shop, takes the mystery out of how the final product will perform. He or she has invested years collecting superb tone woods, studying the properties of wood and adhesives, and incorporating the successes, and knowledge gained from failures, of luthiers, past and present. Only the best wood is selected, and then worked to its fullest potential as it is combined with other woods, bone, and steel, to work synergistically as a unit.
While I was doing my research and collecting tone wood, I ordered an expensive, handmade guitar with an inheritance from my grandfather. This, I reasoned, would give me a benchmark to study and compare my own building progress against in the future, plus I would get that handmade tone and playability I’d been searching for. The guitar arrived six months later, and although it was nice, it just didn’t have the tone that my ear was searching for. This was the nudge I needed to kick-start my building career. Perhaps it would take many tries, but redirecting my energy from searching for my perfect guitar, to creating it, sat well with me, and so it began.
I learned from a tutor who is an experienced builder, and by self-study and experimentation. While completing my BSc in Forest Science I had the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the structural properties of wood, at a cellular level; this has served me well in understanding how to select and optimize tone wood. Twenty years in the sawmilling and forest products industry, as a professional forester, further tempered my understanding of wood, the growing conditions required for premium tone wood, and how to break down a tree for the highest quality yield. Attending the American School of Lutherie, in Portland Oregon, and studying the methods and approach of Charles Fox, gave me a strong foundation and I have continued to refine my sound and style.
Initially based in British Columbia, McGillivray Guitars now operates out of Calgary, Alberta, producing several commissioned instruments per year, with occasional speculative builds, the progress of which can be viewed on the website, in “On the Bench”.
Commissioned instruments are fully customizable in all aspects, including model, size, shape, scale length, string spacing, neck profile, body depth, and wood selection. If desired, an individual’s playing style, hand size, and physical conditions will be evaluated to select and guide the player to their optimum personalized instrument design.
Click to learn more about McGillivray Guitars including a full price list.
Local artist featured at Kiwanis Gallery: Cyanotypes by Robin Byrnes
Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present
Artist Proof: Cyanotypes by Robin Byrnes
October 16 to November 17, 2019 in the Kiwanis Gallery
First Friday Show Opening: November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. (Please note change of time.)
Artist will be in attendance.
Local artists’ portraits highlight this cyanotype exploration in Robin Byrnes’ exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery.
Robin Byrnes’s upcoming exhibit is a marriage of her fascination with a historical photographic process and her admiration for Central Alberta artists. As a visual artist, Robin has been involved with the local visual arts community and she is a fan of many local performing artists. It led her to realize how deep the pool of artistic talent is in Central Alberta, and drew her to make local artists the subject of her own artistic experiments with cyanotype. Robin began playing with cyanotype photography four years ago and has learned to process the Prussian blue images onto paper and fabric. Photographing the images led her to meet even more local artists and to see the diversity of their own talents. This exhibit is the culmination of those exploratory works and the wonderful people she has discovered in her own community.
She believes there is an intimacy in these portraits that reflect the artists’ willingness to invite her into their spaces to watch them work and then take the images home with her to create her own artistic interpretations.
I stole the expression “Artist’s Proof” from the printmaking process. My “Artist Proof” is a visual statement that the arts are alive and well in Central Alberta. As you will see, the proof is in the pictures.
Although I did not set out to find the best known artists in Central Alberta, some that you may recognize are sprinkled among those on these walls. I was looking for people who were known for one art and also excelled at another.
Along the way, I have met and become friends with an interesting, talented and generous group of artists. All the while learning how well the cyanotype process is suited to portraiture in my style. When I ask permission to take their pictures and transform their images into something new for public viewing, I am amazed at how willing, interested and supportive people are.
Curtis Phagoo, Goldsmith
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
Issy and Susan, Friends and Artists
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
Crystal, Sacred Circle Belly Dancer
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
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